Samsung SGH-T119 Review

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by Franz Bicar

Its surprising whenever we see a Samsung phone that is not part of its slider family. We are so used to seeing Samsung sliders that it seems as if its all they can even do. So seing a candy-bar type phone manufactured by Samsung is a breath of fresh air.

The Samsung SGH-T119 made its first appearance at CES 2009. Its a simple candy-bar phone and 33490626-2-300-ftwas introduced under the radar. It didn’t illicit oohs and aahs from people present at CES and literally came out with a low profile. This is understandable as the SGH-T119 couldn’t quite compete with phones such as the Motorola Renew W233 and the second version of the T-Mobile Shadow. But as basic it may be, it’s worth considering if you just need a phone for making calls. It has its quirks but it offers a simple, easy-to-use design that should be accessible to cell phone newbies. What’s more, the feature set is functional and the call quality is acceptable.

As mentioned, the Samsung SGH-T119 is quite different from handsets that Samsung usually makes. Instead of a slider model with a razor-thin profile, the SGH-T119 is basically a black rectangle with straight lines and sharp corners. It is compact measuring 4.13 inches by 1.76 inches by 0.56 inch, and light weighing in at about 2.74 ounces. This makes it easy to take on the go.

Its primary display is a bit small only measuring about 1.6 inches and supports just 65,000 colors. As such, it won’t show sharp graphics or photos, but it’s about what you’d expect on a phone of this caliber. You can change the backlighting duration, the contrast and the font size, color, and style. The icon-based menu interface is intuitive.

Its navigation keys are spacious and usable. There is a four-way toggle with a central OK button, two soft keys, and the talk and End/power buttons. You can set the toggle as a shortcut to four user-defined functions. On its exterior, you can also find the charger port/headset jack.

The SGH-T119’s features include a 300-contact phone book with room in each entry for four phone numbers, an e-mail address, and notes. You can save callers to groups and you can pair them with one of 15 polyphonic ringtones. The handset also supports photo caller ID. What’s missing, however, on this phone is a digital camera, not even a small, low-end, VGA one.

Other common features include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a task list, a calculator, a world clock, a currency and unit converter, a timer, as stopwatch, and a tip calculator. You’ll also find a speakerphone, and a voice memo recorder.

You can personalize the SGH-T119 with a variety of background colors, greetings, and wallpaper. You can download more options and additional ringtones from T-Mobile’s t-zones service. You also can use your own recorded sounds as ringtones. The SGH-T119 does not come with any games.

The SGH-T119 really doesn’t do much except for the fact that it is an excellent phone to use if you are constantly on the line. If you are usually on the phone calling somebody, say a business associate, a relative or a family member, then the T119 can serve you very well.

The SGH-T119 has a rated battery life of 7 hours talk time and 16.6 days standby time.

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